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Oberg / Thewes / Griener: Lacy Pool (Hatology)

Inspired, expressive, and curiously logical trio playing performing 10 of the late soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy's compositions live in Koln, Germany, 2006.

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UPC: 752156068426

Label: Hatology
Catalog ID: Hatology677
Squidco Product Code: 12130

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels
Recorded November 2006 at Loft in Koln, Germany by Christian Heck.


Uwe Oberg-piano

Christof Thewes-trombone

Michael Griener-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Uwe Oberg *1962 Offenbach / Germany, lives in Wiesbaden nearby Frankfurt.

He started playing piano at the age of seven, moved in the early 80s from popular music to Jazz and joined in 1986 the KOOPERATIVE NEW JAZZ / ARTist Wiesbaden, an association of improvising musicians. Improvisation is the keyword for his work. Impressed by Free Jazz and New Music, he developed exceptional piano techniques; influences are Thelonious Monk, Paul Bley, Cecil Taylor, Don Pullen, Ran Blake, Andrew Hill, the music of Anthony Braxton, the early piano compositions of John Cage as well as european free improvisation. He is also a composer and a highly individual interpret of Jazz-compositions.

He works in various musical contexts: as a soloist he bends the bow from inside piano to the music of Monk. With LACY POOL he dives into the music of Steve Lacy, the duo with SILKE EBERHARD plays originals as well as music by Carla Bley, Annette Peacock a.o. ROPE is an improvising quartet with european line-up. Whatever Oberg plays, he transforms each material in his very personal, twinkling sound without musical borders.

Beside fixed projects he enjoys the improvised encounter with musicians from different styles and cultures. He often played in combination with other artforms, theatre / dance / lyrics, currently mainly with silent films, as a soloist and with ensembles. Cooperation with: ALFRED HARTH, PETER KOWALD, XU FENGXIA, MATTHIAS SCHUBERT, PHILIPPE MICOL, JÜRGEN WUCHNER, ULI PHILLIPP, TONY OXLEY, SVEN-AKE JOHANSSON, RUDI MAHALL, HR JAZZENSEMBLE, HEINZ SAUER, URS LEIMGRUBER, SAADET TÜRKÖZ, SUBROTO ROY CHAUDHURI, PAUL LOVENS, AXEL DÖRNER, FRANK GRATKOWSKI, EVAN PARKER a.m.o.

In December 2007 Oberg got the award HESSISCHER JAZZPREIS. Laudatio by Dr. Wolfram Knauer (in German Language)"

-Uwe Oberg Website (

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• occupations as trombonist, composer, arranger and intrumental teacher

• leader of various ensembles und musical projects (solo through big band), ranging from mordern jazz, free improvisation und ćNeue MusikŅ to experimental rock, funk and pop music

• present realization of this music as composer and leader in the musical groups Squakk, Undertone Project (Duo up to Octet ) Christof Thewes ŌThe Ascension FactorŌ (/Trio up to Tentet ) Quartetto Pazzo und Modern Chamber Trio, in the Free Jazz Band Yahoos, in the Big Band Little Big Band, in the Neue Musik Ensembles Modern Chamber Trio (Ensemble), in the Avantgarde-Popgruppe Phase 4, in dem Soloprojekt Trombonealone, in the Rock-Jazzformation The Matter of Taste, in the large ensemble SaarbrŸcker ŠDarmstŠdter Freundschaft, in the trombone ensemble Posaunenglanzterzet, in duos like Thewes-Mahall, RoderŠThewes, as member in groups like Squakk, Ensemble hks, Lacypool, Gutter Music, Anna Kaluza Quartet, Griener Š Roder ŠThewes, Birdfood and Bikini Big Band.

• has been playing in Globe Unity Orchester and Uli Gumpert Workshop Band since 2008

• literary and musical cooperations with author, film maker und voice talent Alfred Gulden Gulden with the group GuldenŠThewes

• Free improvisation concerts with Alexander von Schlippenbach, Paul Lovens, Evan Parker, Roger Turner, Willie Kellers, Uli Boetcher, Eddie Prevost, Tomas Ulrich, Matthias Schubert, Axel Dšrner, Olaf Rupp uva.

• appearences on the following festivals in Europe, South america USA, Kanada : Jazzfestival Willisau, Unerhšrt Festival ZŸrich, Jazz DÕOr Stra§bourg, Just Music Festival Wiesbaden, Jazzfestival Zagreb, Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf, Jazzfestival Nancy, Jazzfest Warschau, Jazzherbst Darmstadt, Jazzwerkstattfestival Berlin, Jazzfestival Mexico City , Jazzfestival Peitz, Jazzfestival Toronto uva.

• contract compositions for city of SaarbrŸcken, SaarlŠndischer Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg and Theatre National Du Luxembourg.

• Awards: 2007 Š City of Worms Jazzpreis, 2005 Š City of SaarbrŸcken Medienpreis for Zyklus 1-6 with Alfred Gulden, 1992 Š District of Neunkirchen Kulturfšrderpreis, 1987 Š City of SaarbrŸcken Kulturfšrderpreis, 1985 Š Saarland Rockfšrderpreis.

• was trombone lecturer in academic programme of jazz at Saarland University of Music till 2011.

• more than 30 published records as leader and sideman

• cooperations with these musiscians:

• Guitar: Olaf Rupp, Chris Klein, Thomas Honecker, Ralph Beerkircher, Simon Werner, Frank Wingold, Sven Prokaska, Frank Jacob

• Piano: Uwe Oberg, Olli Maas, Georg Ruby, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Uli Gumpert, Manuel Krass, Christoph Mudrich, Bernd Thewes

• Reeds: Hartmut O§wald, Rudi Mahall, Wolli Kaiser, Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky, Gerd Dudek, Evan Parker, Daniel dÕAgaro, Charlsey Haller, Udo Lovisa, Henrik Walsdorff, Michael Thieke, Ben Wolff, Ekkehard Jost

• Trumpet: Daniel Schmitz, Daisy Becker, Ralf Himmler, Lars Kuklinski, Axel Dšrner, Jean Luc Capozzo, Manfred Schoof, Martin Klingeberg, Rainer Winterschladen

• Trombone: JŸrgen Seyler, Detlef Landeck, Albert Mangelsdorff, Nils Wogram, Johannes Bauer, Matthias MŸller, Alisa Klein, Jan Kamp

• Bass: Martin Schmidt, Jan …streich, Jan Roder, JŸrgen Wuchner, Dieter Manderscheidt, Stefan Scheib, Ulla Oster, Robert Landfermann, Laurent Peckels, Mario Bartone

• Drums: Daniel PrŠtzlich, Dirk Peter Kšlsch, Jšrg Fischer, Michael Griener, Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton, Olli Strauch, Joe Bonica, Jochen KrŠmer

-Christof Thewes Website (

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"Michael Griener, born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1968, began playing drums in 1982, lives in Berlin since 1994.

Under the influence of the HOHE-UFER-concerts initiated by Günter Christmann he became involved early on in the various forms of Jazztradition, Free Improvisation and New Music, which led to a longer collaboration with Christmann in his Vario-projects (a.o. C.I.M.-Festival Den Haag 1990, Moers-Festival 1992, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik1993).

He has worked frequently with dancers, actors and poets (most recently in a project on Paul Celan with German writer Oskar Ansull). His duo KIMMO ELOMAA with electronic wizard jayrope received a grant by the city of Berlin in 2002 Received the 1. price as "most creative soloist" at the "New German Jazz Award" in 2006 His current projects include a.o.:

Uli Gumpert Quartet, TGW (Thieke-Griener-Weber), a Duo with Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Lacy Pool, Squakk and Carl-Ludwig Hübsch' Primordial Soup Michael Griener teaches jazz drumming at the University for Music "Carl Maria v. Weber" in Dresden and jazz-history and rhythm at the Jazzschule Berlin."

-Michael Griener Website (

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track listing:

1. Stamps 7:31

2. The Crust 4:30

3. Blinks 2:38

4. After Hemline 7:45

5. The DUmps 4:56

6. Flakes 4:55

7. The Whammies! 6:01

8. Retreat 4:59

9. Tarte 4:47

10. Raps 2:11
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"At every step, Lacy Pool finds new expressive possibilities in Lacy's innate, albeit curiously tailored, logic. Their personalities replace Lacy's and change the way we hear this music, which is as it should be. The song may have inspired the players, but the players have become the song."-Art Lange

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Hat Art
Trio Recordings

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